Both Mayor Berry and Governor Martinez are encouraging us to refrain from lighting fireworks this year due to the extreme fire danger, so here are a few public events where you can celebrate this weekend.
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Isotopes Game & Fireworks Show
Saturday, Sunday and Monday, the Isotopes host evening games complete with a post-game fireworks display. Gates open at 5:30 PM, game starts at 7:05 PM. Buy tickets ahead of time, though; these games tend to sell out. Find out complete info online or through their free iPhone app.
Rio Rancho Fireworks Show
This event, held at the Rio Rancho High School, isn’t just a celebration of our country’s independence; it’s also a fundraiser for the local high school and booster club. Entry is free and includes live music from the Rio Rancho Symphonic Band, food for purchase and events for the kids. Fireworks show begins at 9 PM. Parking is $5.
Red, White & Balloons VIP 4th of July Celebration
View the Freedom 4th fireworks display from the balcony of the Balloon Museum. This is a great way to get away from the crowds, enjoy buffet dining, and enjoy the panoramic views from the museum’s Pugash Hall. This is a non-alcoholic event. Ticket prices include food, VIP parking, and docent-led tours of the museum from 5:30 – 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased online and MUST be picked up prior to the event; you’ll need to show your parking pass to be allowed into the VIP parking area free.
This annual celebration sponsored by the City of Albuquerque and hosted at the Balloon Fiesta Park has become the largest celebration in the metro area. And this year entry to the event is free. Don’t wait until dusk to show up, either – the party starts at 4 PM with plenty to do for the entire family, including food vendors, a beer garden, live music – including American Idol finalist Casey James, and a kid’s play area with rock climbing, jumpers, and face painting. Oh, and a huge fireworks show at the end of the evening. You can bring your own picnic into the park, but please review the list below for items that are not allowed.
Parking $10; some RV spaces available.
Park and Ride is providing transportation from Coronado Center (NE) and St. Pius High School (NW) beginning at 3 PM. Last bus leaves to take you to Balloon Fiesta Park at 8 PM. Return busses begin immediately after the fireworks show with the last bus leaving the park at 11 PM. Bus passes won’t be honored for this event; adult tickets are $1, kids 9 and under ride free. Seniors and handicapped tickets are $.35, but you’ll need exact change.
You can haul aboard the bus your sealed plastic containers, blankets, strollers, umbrellas, picnic food and small compact chairs, but coolers and picnic baskets are subject to search. You cannot bring on the bus your pets, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, weapons, fireworks, and open containers, barbecue grills, camp stoves, other cooking devices. If you drive you can bring your pop-up tents, but you can’t lug ’em onto the bus. (Ok, we think some of those are obvious, but there’s the entire list in case you’re wondering.)